Globally, the tide has started to turn against synthetic meshes used as implants during surgery. Although these are still widely used in inguinal hernia surgeries, the product has received negative publicity due to the extreme complications suffered by a large number of patients after surgery. Not only has hernia mesh proven to be dangerous, but there have also been grave problems with mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The complications from this product were so severe that the FDA ordered the  pelvic mesh product to be taken off the market. Some of the negative perceptions of hernia mesh have resulted from the problems experienced by women who received transvaginal mesh.

Extended Statute of limitations for Global Bard / Davol Mesh victims

Many  Scottish victim’s are unaware that global / international victims who had Bard / Davol hernia mesh implanted in them, may be able get an extended statute of limitations in a certain jurisdiction in the United States. This means that a Scottish hernia mesh victim could potentially file a Bard/ Davol hernia mesh lawsuit over 10 years after the mesh was implanted!   A victim from Scotland or the United Kingdom (UK) could filed a lawsuit in The United States many years after Bard hernia mesh complications commenced and even after an applicable statute of limitations expired. Contact us to find out more information.

Extreme mesh complications in Scotland victims

Now, the media has picked up on reports of the thousands of lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturers of polypropylene hernia mesh. Attorneys have been flooding the airwaves with advertisements asking people to come forward with possible claims for compensation after hernia surgeries and have found no shortage of clients in response.

Not only has the media been extensively covering the lawsuits against the hernia mesh manufacturers, but the stories of those who have suffered severe side effects have also found a home both in print and broadcast media. Numerous patients have shared in painful detail the stories of their botched surgeries and the complications that resulted from the use of hernia mesh. These accounts have detailed the impacts that the side effects have had on lives and the intense ongoing pain that the patients have suffered after undergoing a seemingly innocuous and routine surgery.

Scotland hernia mesh victims

In Scotland, several patients have gone on the record with their stories of the devastating issues that they have experienced after their hernia surgeries. Scottish women have suffered complications in large numbers from pelvic organ prolapse mesh, and it has received close attention in the Scottish media. Now, the press has begun to report on the problems associated with hernia mesh in the country.

Some estimates claim that as many as 30 percent of Scottish patients who have polypropylene mesh implanted during surgery have developed complications afterwards. Scottish politicians are pushing the government to take firm action in order to avoid a repeat of the large-scale health crisis that was caused by pelvic organ prolapse mesh. Previously, the Scottish government failed to take decisive action to halt sales of this dangerous product. Now, there are calls for the government to avoid making the same mistake twice with regard to hernia mesh. As injured patients begin to speak out about the effects that hernia mesh has had on them, the amount of pressure on the government to do something to protect its citizenry increases.

graphic and devastating

The actual stories of the patients are graphic and devastating and detail how their lives have been forever altered after what was sold to them as a simple surgery.  Former Chief Petty Officer David Foulkes underwent what he was told was routine surgery. However, since his surgery used hernia mesh, it was anything but routine. After his surgery went awry, Foulkes is now crippled and on heavy painkillers to manage his intense pain. The problem with Foulkes’ surgery was that the mesh became infected after the surgery and the problem still persists. The pain of the infection cannot be controlled with painkillers. Doctors attempted surgery to remove the mesh that was at the heart of the problem only to try to implant another mesh. Now, Foulkes cannot walk without a cane and is no longer able to work. Foulkes even attempted to have a testicle removed to help alleviate the pain, but to no avail. The type of hernia mesh that Foulkes originally had implanted has now been recalled across all of Europe. Once an avid birdwatcher who served in two wars, Foulkes is no longer able to enjoy his hobby due to the intense pain.

Mountaineer Graham Robertson

Graham Robertson was a mountaineer who owned his own furniture business. As a result of the heavy lifting Robertson developed a hernia that was repaired with mesh. This procedure has now ruined his life and also left him in intense pain. Although he was out of the hospital from his surgery the same day, Robertson will now forever regret the surgery that has altered the course of the rest of his life. Like Foulkes, Robertson has lost his job and requires powerful painkillers to cope with the ever present pain. Robertson has openly talked about his descent into feeling suicidal due to the impact of the surgery. Like many patients, Robertson is finding that hernia mesh injuries do not simply go away and the pain never recedes no matter how much medication is given or follow-up surgeries are attempted.

John Mcfadden’s crippling pain

John McFadden is only 39 years old. He is much too young to have to claim that he is a shell of the man that he used to be before his hernia mesh surgery. McFadden used to be a hunter, but now he is also no longer able to hunt. McFadden has seen numerous specialists, but none have been able to help him overcome the constant crippling pain. Doctors removed McFadden’s mesh, but it still did not take away his pain. McFadden suspects that he has encountered a common problem when mesh needs to be removed, namely that the mesh has disintegrated and doctors cannot remove all of the remaining mesh.

Wheelchair bound- Lesley Hughes

Lesley Hughes has had to use a wheelchair at times after her hernia mesh surgery. Surgeons told her that even after the mesh could be removed, she would continue to suffer pain from the damage that the mesh had done to her nerves. Hughes could not even get an appointment for a year to remove the mesh. As a result, she was forced to raise a large sum of money to pay for private surgery in London. She is fortunate that the surgeon was able to remove the mesh without any damage to her nerves, and she believes that she was lucky to escape the permanent crippling pain the three men whose stories are recounted above experience on a daily basis.

United Kingdom  track athlete Dai Greene’s struggles

There have been calls for the Scottish government to suspend the use of hernia mesh. Of course, not all types of mesh are the same as the ones that caused the lasting damage to these four patients. The issues relate to synthetic meshes, and there are some natural meshes that have proven to be safer. Survivors are banding together in an attempt to raise awareness of the issue. Another high-profile sufferer or hernia mesh complications in the United Kingdom is track athlete Dai Greene, who lost five years of his career due to hernia mesh complications. The hope is that the Scottish government will get out ahead of the situation and ban hernia mesh, unlike pelvic organ prolapse mesh, where it took the government many years to finally order the product removed after thousands of women experienced severe complications from the dangerous product.